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Chinese tourist has high praise for Taiwan's citizens

2018/07/02 20:28:26

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Shanghai, July 2 (CNA) Apart from pineapple cakes, facial masks and tea, Taiwan has more to offer for Chinese tourists visiting the island, according to an article published on Monday by the Shanghai-based Jiefang Daily.

The good citizenship of Taiwan's people is what made the biggest impression on the author when he was traveling around the island, said the article, titled "Why I'm touched on travel around Taiwan? Chinese people should learn a lesson of citizenship in Taiwan" and carried by the official daily newspaper of the Shanghai Committee of the Communist Party of China.

The article came as Taiwan prepares to mark the 10th anniversary of its opening to Chinese tourists based on an agreement clinched by the Taipei-based semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation and its Chinese counterpart, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, on June 13, 2008.

Following the inking of the agreement, the first group of Chinese tourists arrived in Taiwan on July 4 that same year.

The author, Zhao Yi (趙毅), expressed high praise for the manners and good citizenship of Taiwan's people -- an intangible value that Chinese people should learn from when they visit Taiwan, instead of simply purchasing local specialties.

During his 10-day tour of Taiwan, Zhao said every city he visited and every street he walked through was clean. It is hard to see cigarette butts or sputum on the ground and rare to hear the noise of vehicle horns or people talking loudly by your side, he said.

Unlike in China, where people often ignore other pedestrians, those in Taiwan respect each other, according to Zhao. On Taipei's streets, people say "sorry" if they bump into someone, he noted.

In Taiwan's convenience stores, clerks receive money and give change to customers with both hands, he said. They say "thank you" politely when taking money from or giving money to customers who respond in the same manner.

Customers can use the toilets in Taiwan's convenience stores and they can chat, read newspapers, drink coffee, eat food or negotiate deals in the stores, he pointed out.

He recalled that he was once asked by a Taiwanese friend to stop smoking when he was in a public plaza after a meal, as the friend showed him a sign that reads "smoking prohibited in public squares."

Zhao also made an observation about love relationships in Taiwanese society.

Chinese women will usually ask their future husbands to provide a car, house or other material property as a guarantee for their marriage, according to Zhao. But he added that his Taiwanese female friends told him that Taiwanese women get married just because of love rather than for material wealth or benefits.

(By Chen Chia-lun and Flor Wang)